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WRITTEN in the Lamb's | 28.- They that FLARED
BOOK OF LIFE, was cast the Lord fpake often one
into the lake of fire. Rev. to another, and the Lord
XX. 15.-At that tiine thy heard it, and A BOOK of
people shall be delivered, I remembrance was writ.
EVERY ONE that fhall be Ten before him, for THEM
found written THE THAT FEARED the Lord :
BOOK. Dan. xii, 1. and they shall be MINE,
faith the Lord of Hosts, in
that day when I make up my jewels. Mal. iii, 16...
I will NOT BLOT OUT his name [the name of HIM
THAT OVERCOMETH) out of the BOOK OF LIFE. Rev.
iii, 5:- If any inan Thall take away from the words of,
&c. this prophecy, God shall TAKE AWAY HIS PART
out of the BOOK OF LIFE. Rev. xxii, 19.
The balance of these scriptures evidently shows.:
(1) That from the foundation of the world, God des
creed to reward the righteous with eternal life :-(2)
That, to show us the certainty of this decree, the sacred
writers by a striking, oriental metaphor represent it as
written in a book, which they call the book of life.-
(3) That, to carry on the allegory, the names of the
righteous are said to be written in that book, and the
names of the wicked, not to be found in it; while the
names of apostates are said to be blotted out of it :-
(4) That the NAMES written in this metaphorical book
of life (if I may use the expreffion) are to be under-
food of natures, properties, and characters ; in the sense
in which Isaiah says of Christ, His NAME Jhall be called
Wonderful, Counsellor, and Prince of peace; or in the
fense in which God proclaimed bis NAME to Moses ;
calling himself Merciful, Gracious, and Long-suffering.
Whence it follows, that the NAMES WRITTEN in the
BOOK OF LIFE from the foundation of the world, are not
Matthew Fulsome, Sarah Forward, or William Fanciful ;
but True Penitent, Obedient Believer, Good Servant, or
Faithful unto death.--And lastly, that it is as absurd
to make the metaphor of the book of Life go upon
four, as to suppole that all David's hairs shall be glo-
rified, and his tears literally bottled up in heaven,
because it is said, The very HAIRS of your bead are
NUMBERED.-All my members were WRITTEN in The
BOOK.Put thou my TEARS into thy bottle: are they not
WRITTEN IN THY BOOK?
If Zelotes and Honeftus condescend to weigh the
preceding observations, their prejudices will, I hope,
gradually subfide ; and while the one sends back to
Geneva the false, intoxicating election recommended
by Calvin, the other will bring us over from Ephesus
the true comfortable election maintained by St. Paul.
'That in the mean time we may all be thankful for
our evangelical calling, improve our gospel-priv.leges,
make our scriptural election sure, and as the apostle
writes to the Ephesians, walk worthy of the vocation
wheretvith we are called, is the ardent wish of my
soul, which I cannot exprefs in words more proper
than those, which I have just used in "receiving a
“ child into the congregation of Christ's flock-and
“ incorporating him into God's holy church. -
“ Heavenly Father, we give thee humble thanks, that
"6 thou hast vouchfafed to call us” (and of confe-
quence to choose us firf] “ to the knowledge of thy
grace and faith in thee. Increase this knowledge, " and confirm this faith in us evermore :--that we
may receive the fulness of thy grace,- live the rest " of our life according to this beginning, ---Conti. " NUE Christ's faithful soldiers to our lives end, 66 and EVER REMAIN in the number of God's FAITH" FUL and ELECT children, through Jesus Christ our " Lord.” Office of Baptism.
This truly christian prayer shall conclude this Sec. tion, and the first part of the Scripture-scales. Zelotes and Honeitus have at this time, given one another as much truth as they can well stand under. In a few days their strength will be recovered; they will meet again to fight it out, each from his scale : and wher they shall have spent all their amunition, they will, I hope, shake hands and be friends : But if they were obftinate, and will still justle, instead of embracing
each other; we will charge the peace. When we are
for a scriptural peace, if they still prepare themselves for
battle, we will bind them with all the cords we can
borrow from reason, revelation, and experience, And
if then, they will not be quiet and agree, by a new
kind of metamorphose we will change them into
scales ; we will tie them to the folid beam of truth,
and expose them in booksellers shops, where they shall
hang in logical chains, an eyefore to bigotsma terror to
doctrinal clippers, who openly diminish the coin of
the church- a comfort to those who are persecuted for
truth and righteousness fakeman encouragement to
those who, like their master, equally hate the doctrine
of the Nicolaitans, and that of the Pharisees--a new
CHECK to those, who spoil all by overdoing-and a
contrivance useful, I hope, to novices, and to unwary
profeffors, who through an excefs of fimplicity, or for
want of scales, frequently take of Masters in Ifrael a
bare half-thekel for the full shekel of the sanctuary.
END OF THE SECTION XIII, AND OF THE FIRST
PART OF THE SCALES,
To weigh the gold of gospel-truth, to balance a mula
tisode of opposite scriptures, to prove the gospel. marriage of Free-grace and Free-will, and restore primitive harmony to the gospel of the day.
By a lover of the whole truth as it is in Jesus.
How is the most fine gold changed ! - Take heed that ye be not deceived :
many shall coine in my nime, saying, I am Christ' DOCTRINAL:- I am Christ
-But, "To the law, • and to the testimony : if they speak not according to this word, . it is because there is no light in them' [or at least because] their 6 wine is mixed with water, and their filver is' (partby ] “become o dross,'
« Si non est Dei gratia, quomodo fulvat mundum? Si non eft libee
“ rum arbitrium, quomodo judicat mundum ?" Aug.
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